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The Scars of Torture

After a woman suffers painful and terrifying complications during the last hours of childbirth, the worst is usually over for her. …

Stopping All Violence

Last week, President Obama signed the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which funds support groups for and prosecution of violent crimes against women…

Christian Science Monitor: Campaign against female genital mutilation gaining ground support, results

"In many parts of the Kween District of eastern Uganda, women are divided into two distinct categories 'There are the uncircumcised and the circumcised.'

That division is not merely physical, but has social and economic consequences as well.

Zambia Accepts Several Universal Periodic Review Recommendations Sourced to Input from the Center for Reproductive Rights

In November 2012, the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review Working Group  released its recommendations on Zambia…

Concluding Observations on Tanzania Recommend a Number of Reforms

In August, the Center for Reproductive Rights submitted a shadow letter to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Committee) regarding sexual and reproductive rights in Tanzania…

Concluding Observations and Shadow Letter on Tanzania, 2012

In August, the Center for Reproductive Rights submitted a shadow letter to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (the Committee) regarding sexual and reproductive rights in Tanzania…

CRR Case on Unlawful Detention of Women in Maternity Hospitals in the High Court of Kenya

(PRESS RELEASE) Today the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a case before the High Court of Kenya on behalf of two women who were illegally detained in Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi for their inability to provide full payment for maternal health services they received.

In Pursuit of Justice

Imagine you go to the hospital or a doctor's office and receive the treatment that you need to stay healthy. On your way out the door, you are given a bill. And an ultimatum.

If you can't pay the tab, then you will pay with your freedom. …

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation: Center files case on unlawful detention

"The Center for Reproductive Rights has Friday filed a case before the High Court of Kenya on behalf of two women who were illegally detained in Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi for their inability to provide full payment for maternal health services they received.

RH Reality Check: Forced Pregnancy Testing: Blatant Discrimination and a Gross Violation of Human Rights

Earlier this month, news spread of a Louisiana charter school's policy that would have allowed faculty to force any student suspected of being pregnant to take a pregnancy test—and, if the test came back positive, to force her to go on home study…

Our Work in Focus

Reproductive and sexual rights, which are guaranteed in international and regional human rights treaties, mean nothing if they are not recognized and enforced by national-level courts…